I'm not sure what I was expecting from On The Road, but it wasn't what On The Road turned out to be. The book inspired me to do some research on what...moreI'm not sure what I was expecting from On The Road, but it wasn't what On The Road turned out to be. The book inspired me to do some research on what exactly the Beat Generation was, but I can't say that I actually understand it or the book any better than I did.
Still, the book was interesting. Based on Kerouac's actual experiences in traveling the country with a rag tag group of buddies, the book was a fascinating look at a generation post WWII wandering the country in search of something more, different, real.
I read the audiobook which was read by actor Matt Dillon. He did a beautiful job of reading the book and even at times when I got slightly bored with it, his reading kept me engaged.(less)
Having seen Capote and being a true crime buff, I thought I would be totally into In Cold Blood, but unfortunately, I was not.
The story revolved aroun...moreHaving seen Capote and being a true crime buff, I thought I would be totally into In Cold Blood, but unfortunately, I was not.
The story revolved around the murders of the Clutter family in Kansas. The family was murdered by two of society's biggest losers (and I'm not talking in a reality TV sense), Dick Hickock and Perry Smith. These two drifters had heard about the Clutters from a prison cellmate and they had gone to collect on a safe that had supposedly been hidden in the house. When they arrived, not only did they find a safe, they found 4 eye witnesses of whom they needed to dispose.
For a while the police had nothing to go on, no early leads in the case. By chance, the former cellmate heard about the murders on the radio and went to the warden, and the manhunt was on. Smith and Hickock were eventually captured, tried, convicted, and put to death.
The book follows the entire length of this experience, from the Clutters' last day on earth to the carrying out of the death sentences on the perpetrators. It was written in narrative form, like a novel.
Reviewer Tom Wolfe once wrote of the novel:
The book is neither a who-done-it nor a will-they-be-caught, since the answers to both questions are known from the outset...
While for him this was no problem, for me, it was not a compelling enough novel to keep me involved knowing the facts. I suppose that perhaps because the whole device was so new back in the 60's when the book was written, it captivated the reading audience. And I will say it was extremely well written and easy to read.
But it just didn't snag me. I was disappointed that it didn't, but in talking to a friend who also read it, she said the same thing. It just didn't snag her either.
I've been really into the power of positive thinking and everything happens for a reason and so forth and so on lately. Even when I'm furious and scr...more I've been really into the power of positive thinking and everything happens for a reason and so forth and so on lately. Even when I'm furious and screaming "I hate my life!" I'm laughing on the inside. So Joe gave me this book, which is the sweet story of a straight line trying to win the heart of a dot. The dot is in love with a squiggle, and the line must prove himself worthy of her love by being the best line he can be, while the squiggle remains a squiggle.
Originally published in 1963, this is the sweetest book, and I'm so glad I read it. Even though it was all of 80 short pages, I'm including it because I read it and it mattered to me. It made me want to be the best line I can be, and that's what I'm shooting for! (less)